Service Planning

Service Planning: Look to the Ancient Church for Inspiration, Direction
By David Erlandson · January 25, 2018 • By looking at the rest of the church calendar, we have an opportunity to extend that creativity to other weeks beyond Easter and Christmas.

Service Planning: Avoiding the Chaos of Last-Minute Service Changes
By Todd Heft · January 5, 2018 • As a technical leader, you need to be able to say "no" on a Sunday morning. While it is never a comfortable position, changes to service should not be done last minute (with a couple of exceptions).

Service Planning: Sermonized Announcements
By Michael Edgar Myers · December 21, 2017 • Even the most Oscar-worthy announcement risks a thumbs down response, no matter how well it’s done. In some circles, the idea of movie announcements in church is as sinful as the organ, drums and guitars have been (or even still are?).

Service Planning Tools That Fit Within Your Church’s Budget
By Kirk Denson · December 6, 2017 • The resources available today have dramatically advanced just about every aspect of worship service planning in recent years.

Communicating the Gospel: Look for Moments to Educate
By Michael Edgar Myers · August 18, 2017 • It is essential to not give the impression that music and worship are synonymous. Music is an element. It’s equally essential for musical and technical presenters to work as partners.

Communicating the Gospel: Philip and the Ethiopian Go To Church
By Michael Edgar Myers · August 17, 2017 • Whatever the environment – big or small; urban, suburban; multi-cultural – in addition to solid gospel preaching, the order of service in each of these must encompass four basic elements.

Service Planning: 8 Practices of Synchronizing Sundays
By Michael Edgar Myers · July 14, 2017 • We must confess an occasional ache for the simplicity of an acoustically perfect preaching arena as Jesus had for His Sermon on the Mount.

Values and Plumblines: Keys to Creating a Healthy Culture
By Dennis Choy · May 1, 2017 • When dealing with mistakes during a worship service, a key is to avoid doing the same mistake repeatedly, and learning from them.

Service Planning: What are Your Favorite Tools for Syncing Sunday?
By Michael Edgar Myers · March 27, 2017 • When we come together for a Service of Worship, we come as one body, and I think the body is better served when the various parts are involved and aware of the direction.

Planning Worship Like Ron Howard
By Greg Stovell · March 20, 2017 • On our planning desk at First Presbyterian in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we will have one single Sunday worship theme, surrounded by many Post-It Notes, including a collection of 20 possible praise songs.

Service Planning: Three Truths Behind Crafting A Weekend
By Micah Ogle · March 20, 2017 • Each and every week, planning for a Sunday requires meeting deadlines, working through checklists, while not forgetting that God has entrusted us to handle holy things.

Service Planning: Plan and Do Your Work for Him
By Kevin Penrod · March 16, 2017 • At meetings, recognize that you should try to be graceful and just do the best job you know how to do.

2 Reasons, 5 Tips for Church Service Planning
By Brian Wilson · March 9, 2017 • Most churches are great about planning special services like Easter or Christmas, but why can’t we spend time making sure every weekend is special?

Two-Way Street: Plan and Evaluate
By Greg Saffles · March 3, 2017 • Remember that our responsibility in the church is not to have the greatest Sunday morning services and processes, but to raise up and invest in the people God has given us.

Service Planning: Value Comes From Thinking Ahead
By David Erlandson · February 24, 2017 • The expectation is for churches to be creative, original, and fresh 52 out of 52 Sundays a year, along with extra services and events.

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Worship Facilities Magazine, January-February 2018
The January-February 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about the many steps a church had to take in the aftermath of a fire, and another involving a church making the jump to 4K.


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